Degrees and Certifications:
BME (Valparaiso University '11) Certified to teach Music K-12
Welcome to my page - I am really excited to be here in Noblesville! I am both a percussionist and guitarist, and I have performed extensively in Indiana and Illinois (primarily as a percussionist) with groups such as the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra, La Porte Community Band, Windiana Concert Band, Macomb Municipal Band, Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra, Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, Indiana University Southeast Concert Band, and currently with the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra. While at Valparaiso University, I performed and toured with both the Chamber-Concert Band (CCB) and Symphony Orchestra. One year, I toured with the orchestra in the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary, and during my senior year, I played an entire marimba concerto with the CCB (my picture here is from that event) and also toured regionally with the first movement. My degree from VU is a Bachelors of Music Education, and I am certified to teach all music disciplines K-12.
This school year will be my fourth year teaching. I started teaching at North Harrison Community Schools down in southern Indiana near Louisville, where I was the Assistant Band Director, Choir Director, and General Music Teacher for two years. This past year, I was a Choir Director at North Putnam High School (30 min west of Avon), and I also helped Danville's Indoor Percussion Ensemble during the winter season. Here in Noblesville, I will be splitting my time 60/40 between the High School and East Middle School. In NHS, I will teach Guitar I and both Percussion classes, and then I will teach 6th Grade Beginning Band and Jazz Band (Field Drive Funk) with Mrs. Hanlin at EMS.
Personally, I enjoy geocaching, hiking, playing new and old video games (such as classic N64 games), performing, and spending time with my lovely wife Kim, who will be opening her piano studio here in Noblesville and helping our oboe section at EMS. I can be sarcastic and goofy sometimes, but my ultimate goal is for my students to be the best musicians they can be. I love helping kids realize their potential; below is my mission as a teacher.
My mission is:
To create a learning environment where all my students feel accepted and cared for, always treating them fairly and equally,
To focus on musicality and collaboration in order to promote unity and teamwork among my students,
To help students meet my challenging goals and expectations by always staying patient, persistent, and
never giving up on their ability to learn,
To share my quirky and positive attitude with all whom I meet, especially my students, their parents, and my peers, in order to cultivate a sense of community,
To instill enough musical interest in my students where they never stop playing their instruments or pursuing music. When they move on from my class, I want them to know that my door is open to them at any point in their lives.